Covid-19 – Moving From Commitment To Action

As of June 12, the African Development Bank towards coronavirus’ Covid-19 emergency packages have reached the continent’s five geographic regions

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, June 13, 2020/ — The African Development Bank has responded swiftly to the needs of its member
countries during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bank’s operations have continued to run smoothly since the first
cases appeared in early March, despite the wide range of lockdowns and
measures imposed by governments to flatten the curve.

The COVID-19 pandemic is forecast to cause Africa’s GDP to drop by
between $22.1 billion and $88.3 billion.

African countries, with the experience of having fought off Ebola, are
working to adapt to this new threat and looking to the Bank for an
effective, multilateral response to the crisis.

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As of June 12, the Bank’s COVID-19 emergency packages have reached the
continent’s five geographic regions.


Before the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, West Africa was home to at
least four of the continent’s fastest-growing economies, and it has felt
the impact of the disease hard, as borders remain closed and economic and
social distress deepens.

Gambia, Mali, and Niger will benefit from an ECOWAS support package to
bolster national health systems in response to the pandemic. Much of the
funds to this region will seek to address shortages in personal protective
equipment (PPE), ventilators, and other emergency equipment. The support
will also enable governments to provide shortfall cash to the millions of
people who have been affected by mass layoffs or are unable to work because
of lockdowns.

Nigeria – 288.5 million euros
Senegal – 88 million euros
Côte d’Ivoire – 75 million euros
Cabo Verde – 30 million euros
ECOWAS – $22 million


The North African region is the worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with
over 60,000 cases as of 12 June. The disease has already triggered a sharp
drop in household incomes in North Africa, as export and tourism earnings
suffer. The region will be assisted with a series of emergency operations
to boost containment measures and help to ensure the supply and
distribution of laboratory tests and reagents. The package will also
support national and regional coordination mechanisms.

Morocco – 264 million euros
Tunisia – 180 million euros
Egypt – $500,000


East Africa, the continent’s fastest-growing region economically, has
been simultaneously struck by the coronavirus outbreak and an infestation
of desert locusts, a double whammy for the region’s farmers and

In a region of climate change and water scarcity, post-harvest losses and
poorly developed agricultural markets could threaten the promise of
economic reforms and investment.

Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda are the top-performing countries, which have all
seen a sharp fall in tourism revenue.

Kenya – 188 million euros


A decisive lockdown has been effective in stemming the spread of COVID-19
in the region’s economic powerhouse, South Africa. The spread of the
virus is by no means curtailed. Measures taken across the region to contain
the pandemic have affected millions of people, many of whom work in the
informal economy.

Assistance to this region comes in the form of preventive and protection
measures as well as financial assistance to the vulnerable beyond the end
of the epidemic.

Mauritius – 188 million euros
Zimbabwe – $13.7 million


In Central Africa, Cameroon has reported over 8,000 cases as at 12 June and
significant community transmission.

The package approved for this region, $13.5 million, will target the
provision of PPEs, testing kits and healthcare and laboratory facilities,
for Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African
Republic, which is among the countries with the least number of ventilators
on the continent.

CEMAC/RDC – $13.5 million


The Bank’s rollout of emergency response support to assist African
countries began in March and have provided a package of financial relief and preparedness and response assistance.

MARCH 27: The Bank raised $3 billion from the Fight COVID-19 Social Bond,
the largest dollar-denominated social bond ever launched in international
capital markets. Proceeds from the bond, with a three-year maturity, will
help alleviate the impact of the pandemic on livelihoods and Africa’s

APRIL 2: The Bank provided $2 million in emergency assistance to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to bolster the capacity of member countries on infection prevention, testing, and case management. WHOAfrica will also boost surveillance systems, procure and distribute laboratory test kits, and support coordination at national and regional levels.

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APRIL 8: The Bank announced a COVID-19 Response Facility that will provide up to $10 billion to African governments and the private sector to tackle the disease and mitigate the suffering that results from the economic downturn and job losses.


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